Castle Howard Christmas Masquerade
- 4 December 2019 -
Since moving to Coxwold in North Yorkshire, we have become regular visitors to Castle Howard, just 25 minutes away across the lovely Howardian Hills – walking and exploring as well as enjoying tea or buying goodies in the farm shop. What is now fast becoming a Christmas tradition for us is a visit to the Castle Howard Christmas Masquerade which, this year, run until 5 January 2020. It provides a wonderful opportunity, not just to see the elaborate decorations but also to enjoy the magnificent house and gardens, wandering through the corridors or taking a brisk walk around the terraces. We recommend that guests staying at our luxury holiday cottage or shepherd’s hut arrive at Castle Howard for the Christmas Masquerade before dusk so that they can walk outside along the South façade, see the Atlas Fountain and, in the distance, the Temple of the Four Winds, the Pyramid and the Mausoleum. They then want to return in the Spring or Summer to explore close-up!
Our party from Coxwold Cottages went along to the Twilight Evening last week for the full experience (more are scheduled for 7, 14 and 21 December). Not only can you then see “A Christmas Masquerade” (as this years’ theme has been called) but you can also enjoy the house replete with roaring fires and enjoy entertainment from a Harlequin troupe of musicians. The theme this year is heavily influenced by the Venice Carnival with many of the historic busts and statues inside sporting exotic masks. Although the star of any visit is always going to be the Great Hall with its 25 ft Christmas Tree decorated with 4000 baubles, each room and connecting corridor has been re-imagined and decorated in the Venetian style. Truly magnificent.
Afterwards, walk back to your car along a Christmas Tree lined avenue towards the Obelisk but make sure you leave time to visit the Farm Shop – the Cheese Counter and Butcher are highly recommended! We look forward to seeing what those clever people at Castle Howard will come up with for next year’s theme! They set the bar higher each year.